1866 Italianate, Wellington, OH

Added to OHD on 3/23/12   -   Last OHD Update: 4/12/20   -   47 Comments

211 W Herrick Ave, Wellington, OH 44090

  • 3 Bed
  • 4 Bath
  • 4336 Sq Ft
Do not miss out on this unique opportunity to purchase and restore the beautiful Wadsworth House in Wellington, Ohio. This lovely brick home became a model for historic preservation when it was saved from demolition by local residents and moved to its current location. The house has an updated foundation and roof but the interior will need complete renovation. This creates a wonderful opportunity for the Buyer to design to their needs. Deed restrictions will apply to its use and property will be sold as is. Buyer will be responsible for the cost of turning on any utilities necessary for inspections. Call for a showing today!

State: | Region: | Associated Styles or Type:
Period & Associated Styles: , | Misc:

47 Comments on 1866 Italianate, Wellington, OH

OHD does not represent this home. Comments are not monitored by the agent. Status, price and other details may not be current, verify using the listing links up top. Contact the agent if you are interested in this home.
  1. John C says: 434 comments

    This could be a very beautiful home, but I hope this is not pictured with the “updated” roof.

  2. Tracy says: 91 comments

    I lovely place with lots of potential.

  3. Ryan says: 457 comments

    Look, Ma, no brackets!

    I love this one, especially the wide overhanging eaves and the Moorish/Persian/Indian (or whatever) details of the front porch, and I can’t help feeling like I’ve seen this facade someplace before…maybe in a book? It’d be nice to see that balcony brought back over the front porch, too. These first floor, front windows are unusually large for a house from this period. Too bad they didn’t include any pictures from inside that lantern on top. At one time there must have been sweeping views from up there. It’s weird to me that there are no chimleys on the main block of this house…just a solitary one sticking out of the back ell. Maybe they were removed and roofed over.

  4. Jim says: 5588 comments

    Lots of work to be done – much more than Beaver PA. There were apparently many alterations made – at least 3 windows and 2 doors changed on the exterior. The electrical panel suggests it was apartments (and the American Legion at the same time?). I wish them luck.

  5. John C says: 434 comments

    Ryan, you inspired me to dig a bit deeper. If one goes to this walking tour brochure composed many years ago, I think, you can see the house as it was with the carriage house behind. Sorry the picture is small — it is on page 2. (Wellington is a lovely town, by the way.) PDF]

    The caption reads:
    The Wadsworth family, who had large land holdings in
    Huntington (south of Wellington), built this Italianate
    house in 1865 as a town home. The rear wing was added in
    1887. Purchased by Enterprise publisher Henry Fiefield
    in 1902, the house was later owned by blacksmith Wade
    Johnson, who illegally made spurs for fighting cocks.

  6. John C says: 434 comments

    The Benjamin Wadsworth house was listed on the National Register in 1979. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/National_Register_of_Historic_Places_listings_in_Lorain_County,_Ohio However, the Landmark version of this says that there are three structures (one probably being the carriage house which can be seen in the photo in the brochure I mentioned) and gives an earlier date.

    Note: the Wadsworth house here posted is not the “Wadsworth House” which figured in the OBERLIN-WELLINGTON RESCUE of John Price, an African-America, from slavery http://ech.case.edu/ech-cgi/article.pl?id=ORf. That Wadsworth House was a hotel. For more about the rescue, see http://www.archive.org/stream/…/historyofoberlin00ship_djvu.txt

    What is confusing me is that the Wadsworth House on the National Register might, for all I know, be the Hotel Building. I hope someone there can straighten out the references. (To add to the confusion, there is a Wadsworth Ohio as well.)

  7. John C says: 434 comments

    The Wadsworth HOtel or Inn is shown in a photograph/reproduction of a postcard (with a 2001 annotation) at http://www.wellington.lib.oh.us/WFAthumbnails.html

    Also shown is a Wadsworth House, separately, but that house is different in style. I do not think that the annotator was certain of the identification, as the caption reads: “Postcard, postmarked October 12, 1906, depicting the Wadsworth House (?).”

    One reason that the Wadsworth House was prominent locally was that there were, seemingly, a number of Wadsworth family members engaged in various businesses over the generations. The thumbnail files have a number of them and their businesses, etc.

  8. John C says: 434 comments

    This house was originally on Main. There is another structure a few blocks away, with a supposed build date of 1998, that I want to mention. If anyone is thinking of taking on this structure for $90,000, look on this unfinished brick structure first, which is available for 67,000. http://www.realtor.com/realestateandhomes-detail/679-N-Main-St_Wellington_OH_44090_M31435-67462?ex=OH520960189&source=web. Also, I have an uneasy feeling that this is a carriage house or the like and a much older structure that could be very interesting.

    • John C says: 434 comments

      Well, the realtor’;s website says it is all new. If one of us has a lot of spare architectural parts (or connections to salvage places) and a yen for Ohio, this could be a very very interesting place.http://www.windsongrealestate.com/active/111031000415.html

      County Lorain City/Twp. Wellington
      Ask Price 67,000.00 Sq. Ft. 3,600
      Acres 0.440 Schools Wellington
      Bedrooms 5 Full Baths 4
      Half Baths 0 Garage 2 Car
      Basement Full
      Address 679 N Main Street
      Wellington, Ohio 44090

      Take over construction of this new all brick home and finish it the way you like it. A wide spiral staircase to the third floor and triple I-beam support are a few of the unique features. Seller will consider 5 year land contract with negotiable terms.

      See also the Realtor.com listing description: Custom designed and engineered for you to complete. 3 floors, 3600 sq. ft., unfinished, blueprints available upon request. All brick exterior, garage has utilities, large lot, turn around driveway. Wonderful opportunity!

  9. John C says: 434 comments

    See also this home for sale on Main, in the same block: a definitely charming home

    This stunning Italianate/Victorian styled home exemplifies the quality craftsmanship of yesteryear. When you approach the house notice the details of the carved brackets and the stunning double entrance doors. Inside the house the spacious foyer overlooks a beautiful curved staircase. To the right is the bright and sunny eat in kitchen with all the modern updates needed for cooking in this century. Off the kitchen are a full bath and a first floor laundry room. The library has a grand, marble fireplace and book shelves. The attached living room, with the original hardwood floors has a bay window. Upstairs are the four bedrooms and another full bath. Improvements since 2004 include exterior and interior painting of the home, installed new sewer lines and basement sump, insulated attic and all pipes and the installation of a tankless water heater. All within walking distance of historic downtown Wellington, named by this Old House Magazine as the best old house town in Ohio in 2010.

  10. Barbara says: 62 comments

    This sad, sad, house! I hope someone is compelled to buy and restore it!

  11. Tim says: 6 comments

    I’m from Wellington and can provide a little more back ground on this house.

    This Wadsworth House was originally located on North Main Street from 1866 until 1998. Yes, it was also the former American Legion Hall. It was relocated to it’s present location, on West Herrick Avenue, to avoid demolition due to the construction of a Rite Aid pharmacy. The move went so smoothly, none of the glass in the windows broke. The relocation land was donated by a local business owner and the Southern Lorain County Historical Society (SLCHS) acquired the home and coordinated the house move. SLCHS’s plans to use the house did not materialize and the property and house reverted back to the business owner. Now the business owner is planning to demolish the house, but gave a realtor 60 days to sell the house.

    The house is 4,336 sq./ft and has a new roof and foundation. It was divided into apartments, but the owner has deed restrictions in place that will not allow it to be a rental unit. A Bed and Breakfast might not be considered “rental”, if the future owners reside in the home.

    This is one beautiful home that’s full of Wellington history and has a lot of potential. It would be such a waste to see this home disappear after all of the time and money that went into saving it back in 1998.

    The other “Wadsworth House” mentioned is on South Main (I get to see it every day from my front porch).

    It’s been over 60 days since it went on the market and the MLS listing has been removed, so I am waiting to hear about a demolition date.

    • Kelly, OHDKelly, OHD says: 12516 comments

      1901 Folk Victorian
      Chestatee, GA

      Wow, that does seems like a complete waste to have done so much to have it moved only to then have it demolished. I do hope the guy changes his mind and lets it stay on the market a while longer or it sells soon. Keep us updated, please.

    • The house will be demolished next week. I have been working with the owner to salvage historic materials for my museum. It is a shame it will be demolished.

      • Kelly, OHDKelly, OHD says: 12516 comments

        1901 Folk Victorian
        Chestatee, GA

        Well, I’m going to say it but that pisses me off. Not at you but that it will be demolished after having been saved once. I’m glad you were able to salvage some of it though.

        Are you going to be there when they knock it down?

      • Jim says: 5588 comments

        I honestly don’t understand the economics of this. If the man was willing to sell the house for $75K net, it means he thinks the lot is worth over $50K to justify spending $ to clear it. That’s even hard to imagine. Greedy I can understand – I think this guy is just being hard-headed and foolish. Why did he buy this property?

        • Tim says: 6 comments

          The current owner donated the land for the move. I think there was a clause that stated he would get the property back. He actually bought the house back from the SLCHS, which is pretty generous considering he donated the land too. At that time, he was responsible for property taxes, which were not cheap. He also listed the house with a realtor for over 60 days. I’m not defending the owners decision, but I think he did try to avoid demolishing the house.

          – Tim

  12. Dean says: 5 comments

    I would take it over and fix it up, I am in the area, anyway to get in touch with the owner? I fixed up a 1903 house recently. I would give him a minimal amount so it wont be demolished. Just sign it over. Id restore it and use it for something to benefit the community.

    • Tim says: 6 comments


      If you would still be interested in the Wadsworth House in Wellington, Kaye Norenberg of Caldwell Baker Hunter was the listing agent. Maybe she can provide contact information.


      I am glad there are pieces of the house being saved. I don’t want to post the owners name, but maybe you could get in touch with Dean and provide him with contact information, if he is still interested.

      The house was supposed to be demolished by the end of June to avoid the second half tax cycle, but for some reason it is still standing. Maybe this is a sign.

      I know the Spirit of 76 Museum has a lot of historical information on the Wadsworth House. There is also a binder with pictures and newspaper articles on the move from 1998. I was just looking at them last night. The move was pretty impressive.

      – Tim

  13. dreya924 says: 9 comments

    REALLY? The business owner ‘donated’ the land to save the house, and someone else, SLC Historical Society, paid to have it moved (could not have been cheap for a huge brick structure!), new foundation, roof, hook up wiring etc. Then when the SLCHS didn’t have any more money to rehab it and move in, it goes back to the land owner who in turn decides to TEAR IT DOWN?!? After all the work and money spent to save it. Not to mention if he donated the land he couldn’t have needed it too badly, so why not just let the house sit until a buyer is found? How pathetic. And sad.
    Heres to still hoping someone steps in and saves it…

    • says: 349 comments

      Agreed. Sometimes it’s better to be spared the good intentions of the misguided.

      It’s a recipe for disaster. Oblivious to market conditions, a local historical society (likely with no real means and evidently no legal advice) acquires a house under the best of intentions, spends a fair chunk of money and probably goodwill to move it to a “donated” property that is burdened with deed/use restrictions and that doom it to sit vacant; ultimately the ownership of the house, never soundly in the hands of the historical society, reverts to the property donor, leaving a few ghoulish souvenirs for the picking of local museums…

  14. Tim says: 6 comments

    Unfortunately, the house has been sitting for years. There was some vandalism, the copper thieves struck and there is about 6 – 8 feet of water in the newly built basement to accomodate the move.

    I’m not sure how much it cost, but the community raised the money and the SLCHS coordinated the move. It has been documented that the house was structurally sound and only needed about $70,000 to renovate the 1st floor. Also remember, after it was a single family residence, it was the American Legion Hall. After that, it was converted into multi tenant rental units. Then in 1998, it was moved to the current location. The house is huge at over 4,000 square feet, so a total renovation is not going to be inexpensive, just because of the sheer size.

    There are also deed restrictions that will not allow the property to be used as a multi-tenant dwelling. I wonder how much the owner would be willing to bend on the asking price?


    • Jim says: 5588 comments

      Tim, asking price is not the major factor – money for renovation will certainly be more and is difficult to finance. What amazes me about this deal is that apparently the landowner is willing to destroy this piece of local history for what? – a lot worth maybe $35K that he tied up in the project by choice, and property taxes (for an unusable shell – can’t be much). The sad part is that this has been going on for years and nobody can come up with the relatively small amount of money to save this. (Did anybody apply for a grant?) My guess is this is a dysfunctional situation without a reliable person involved to push the project ahead.

      Many historic structures are lost because the value of the underlying land exceeds the value of the structure – often by a wide margin. Here’s a situation where the land isn’t worth much and there’s no great demand, but it’s easier to knock down the place than worry about it.

  15. Tim says: 6 comments

    Demolition started this week and now they are working on the hole.



  16. dean says: 5 comments

    Just saw they took it down, a real bummer..

  17. What a complete shame to see this historic landmark gone. It was a great accomplishment to move such a huge structure with great expense, just to see it flattened dosent seem rite. Never could build a house like that today. What a loss. I was sick when I drove past and seen it gone.

  18. Kelly, OHDKelly, OHD says: 12516 comments

    1901 Folk Victorian
    Chestatee, GA

    I still look at this house and cannot believe it was torn down.

  19. Deb Crocker says: 48 comments

    So sad that our society doesn’t recognize the value and historical significance of these beautiful buildings. Shame on those who destroyed this treasure. I hope some of it’s peices (doors, door knobs, sinks, etc) were salvaged before they killed it?

  20. MJGMJG says: 2651 comments
    OHD Supporter


    Wow this is a gross loss.


Comment Here

To keep comments a friendly place for each other, owners and agents, comments that do not add value to the conversation in a positive manner will not be approved. Keep topics to the home, history, local attractions or general history/house talk.

Commenting means you've read and will abide by the comment rules.
Click here to read the comment rules, updated 1/12/20.

OHD does not represent this home. Price, status and other details must be independently verified. Do not contact the agent unless you are interested in the property.